The Lakes 3000s

 

leeds-lakes-022Region: The Lake District (Cumbria)

The Challenge: To complete the circular route of all four 3000ft peaks in the Lake District (Helvellyn, Skiddaw, Scafell and Scafell Pike) in 24 hours

Distance: 45 miles

 

This route features less in the way of difficult rocky ground than it's Welsh cousin (though it has its share), but more than makes up for this with it's extra 15 miles of ground covered and is generally considered the harder challenge. Only the exceptionally fast can expect to complete it in daylight hours, most of us must expect several hours of walking in darkness, something that only adds to its epic feel and the resulting sense of satisfaction.

 

We run this either as a 1 day challenge event, or as a 3 day expedition with a choice of spending the nights in tents on the hills or in hostel accommodation in the valleys. Several minor variations are possible to the route depending on whether you wish to prioritise avoiding roads, or getting round the route in the shortest possible time.

The route begins in Keswick and then heads up Skiddaw, the first of the 3000fters. Having headed down Skiddaw, there are some miles of valley to be covered, either by road or by lakeside path to Grange, the picturesque village at the end of Derwent Water. From here it continues up the valley, and then begins the climb up the second peak, Scafell, and the third, Scafell Pike. At this point, those who wish a break from walking may be pleased with some of the steep rock they encounter requiring the use of hands.

You have now climbed 3 of the 4 peaks but many miles of walking remain. From Scafell Pike the route descends to Esk Hause, then climbs up again past High Raise before dropping to Thirlmere. The fourth and final peak, Helvellyn is climbed via steep ground on Birk Side then descended back to Thirlmere, where the remaining miles back to Keswick can be covered either by road or by path.

 

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"The staff were absolutely fantastic in every way. They were very professional and excellent with the (quite lively) kids. The 2 trainees were also fantastic. We can't praise them all highly enough.

 

The kids had a great day and are all so proud of themselves. Some of them have never left Nottingham before and some of them turned up with just a carrier bag and a pair of trainers ... The positive impact of the achievement on these kids is huge.

 

Thank you so much."

Jayne
Jubilee House Christian School

 

"The booking process was really straightforward. Andy got back to our request really quickly and was able to tailor the challenge to our exact requirements; reducing the cost of the walk considerably meaning more of our fundraising could go towards our appeal!

I am so glad we decided to go with Lupine Adventure rather than trying to take on the challenge alone. Andy and Nick’s knowledge of the route ensured we felt at ease throughout the challenge. Andy and Nick were seen as part of the team, rather than as instructors who were separate from our group.They were fantastic at keeping our moral up throughout the entire challenge, especially at our lowest points and I’m sure we wouldn’t have completed the walk in 10.5 hours without them! If we were ever to take on a similar challenge in the future, I wouldn’t hesitate to contact Andy. "

Laura Stafford
Coaching for hope

 

"We just wanted to say we thought Siobhan was absolutely brilliant on Saturday when she got 11 of us up to the Snowdon Summit. We all had such an amazing experience and will never forget it. Siobhan was so encouraging and helpful and there is no way we would have made it without her I'm so glad we booked a guide! We chose to come down a different way which was amazing as we got to see some awesome scenery and to experience two different paths.
We will not hesitate to use you in the future as we are already planning our next trip."

Lucy and all the staff at Eggars school.

 

"Just want to say thanks to the excellent #3yorkshirepeaks guide Andy from @LupineAdventure great person and excellent professional"

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Both Charlie and Trev showed good leadership skills and were very helpful to all members of Team Age UK.

 

I have no hesitation in recommending Lupine Adventure Co-op and the excellent service they provide, to any other group who are doing a similar challenge event.

 

Andrew Fearnley Age UK Calderdale & Kirklees.

 

"We were a mixed mostly corporate group of 20 who wanted to walk the Welsh 1K. Andy Godfrey (Lead ML) set up a great route and we were joined by ML's Patrick and Richie on the day. Everything about Lupine was professional. Not only did Andy and his team do what they said they were going to do, they made a tough day enjoyable. When difficult decisions had to be made they didn't abrogate to the group leader, they took them finding the right balance. Our group had a fantastic time and will use Lupine again on next years challenge without hesitation. "

Hugh

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